When the refurbishment of the Velodrome in Horta, a Barcelona neighborhood, was completed early this year, it was renamed in honor of Miguel Poblet, the first Catalonian (hell, the first Spaniard) to wear the Tour’s yellow jersey. Poblet was also the first rider of any nationality to win stages of all three grand tours in a single year. He went on to win 26 stages throughout his career, and proved his versatility with wins at Milan - San Remo, and multiple podiums at Paris - Roubaix. He could climb, he could sprint, and they called him “la Flecha Amarilla”, The Yellow Arrow. With the velodrome finding increased use and love from a new wave of cyclists (the cities fixed gear riders) perhaps a new Yellow Arrow will soon take flight.
Photographer & rider Brazo de Hierro visited the velodrome during and after its refurbishment to capture this rejuvenation, and Ferran Bartolomé (with translations by Neus Roura) helped us explore its past.